Saturday, May 27, 2006

Is man just a large micro-chip himself? (or) Who owns the human computer?

What follows is just a reflection of my experiences with the alternate. You may take it as it is or with a pinch of salt or sugar or whatever. I generally take a non-prejudiced stand point on a subject matter, I hope you do the same.

Assume a situation, where somebody was able to tell you your name, your parents' name, your age, your present profession etc., just by looking at your thumb impression, what will be your reaction? Most probably, you will call it some kind of a trick. It's is not surprising. We have been brought up like that. We want proof for whatever is happening or has happened, failing which we look at it with scepticism (a lot, I would say).

There are quite a few places in India and its neighboring countries, where personal details [known only to the person concerned] are read out from palm leaves (they are called Jeeva Nadi with prefixes of names of the Rishis who wrote them, like Agasthiyar Jeeva Nadi) which were written thousands of years ago. One may be tempted to ask, "Why should I go to this place? Just to hear someone read out my name, my parents' names and my age, which I already know.

That the palm leaves may or may not provide you much more information to improve your life is besides the point. The point is, how did a Rishi (Saint) know the personal details of an individual thousands of years before the individual was actually born.

We are proud about our achievements in cloning using genetic engineering, and how near we are to creating artificial intelligence. If the above fact is taken into account, don't we too come under the bracket of artificial intelligence. It would seem that the robot is trying to create another robot.

I will cite an example.
I am a computer programmer. During the process of creating a program, I can predict the problems that I will encounter during the life of the program, and if the user tells me the problem he has met with, I can also tell him what to do to solve it. I am in effect predicting something that will happen to a computer program that I created.

I am not an expert on the theory of evolution. But the purpose of this article is to initiate a debate on the existence of man.

So, did he evolve, or was he created?

Glossary:
Rishi (Rushi) - Holy Man
Agasthiyar - A Saint (Agastya, Agasthya)
Nadi - In this context, a collection of ancient palm leaf manuscripts written in ancient tamil or sanskrit
Jeeva - Life

Karan Thapar interviews Arjun Singh

I happened to read through the transcript of the recent Karan Thapar vs Arjun Singh interview. I thought it made interesting reading.

The Devil’s Advocate programme on CNN-IBN.

Karan Thapar has been notorious in putting even the seasoned politician on the backfoot and the case of Arjun Singh was not to be an exception.

Throughout the interview the Minister was on the backfoot and at a loss of words to justify the decision of the Parliament on reservations. He was not even able to provide the percentage of the OBC population in the country. When the numbers referred to by the interviewer made the case of reservation non-essential, the minister only repeated that the decision has been taken by the parliament, an insufficient defense, to say the least.

It was an interesting read, you have to give it to Thapar. He does it meticulously, like the hyena pack attacking the prey from all sides and disorienting it.

The highlight was the part where he showed that the present Congress Government may be in disagreement with Jawarhalal Nehru who, on the 27th of June 1961 wrote to the then Chief Ministers expressing his "dislike" for "any kind of reservations... The moment we encourage the second-rate, we are lost... This way lies not only folly, but also disaster."

On this Karan started of by stressing Arjun Singh's admiration for Nehru, immediately highlighting the fact that Nehru was against any kind reservation. The minister's reply was a weak "that is the will of Parliament".

In fact he kept repeating it many times, giving an impression that he is a puppet who cannot do anything else other than go by the majority decision. That he did not stoutly defend the decision of the parliament gives the impression that he might also be against reservations.

Given the evasive and unsatisfactory replies for the most part also proved that Mr.Arjun Singh was lacking in research, preparation and utterly defenseless.

The winner was of course Karan Thapar who drew blood one more time.

For those who would like to read it in full, follow the below link:
http://www.ibnlive.com/news/decision-on-quota-is-final-arjun/11063-4-0.html

Karan Thapar, according to wikipedia, is one of India's noted television commentators and interviewers

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